I have a '70s Raleigh Record Ace I'm stripping down to a bare frame to rebuild from the ground up as a reliable rando ride along retro-grouch lines.
I've got two questions to ponder - it currently has a set of Weinman centerpulls that are pretty long in the tooth. Should I replace them with another set of new quality centerpulls like the Paul Racer or Dia Compe GC610, or look into a set of modern side-pull calipers instead? I do plan on keeping the wheel size 27x1¼, so long reach calipers aren't needed.
Also, since finding a Sachs Huret Jubilee or Rallye v1 in primo shape is about as likely as winning Powerball, what would be a good rear derailleur? I'm planning on a triple crank up front and a 13-32 5-cog freewheel out back, both by IRD, and nice Dia Compe Silver shifters. I'm looking for something beautiful as well as functional - Is it worth trying to restore the Suntour GT I've already got on there, or should I just go with a new Campy Comp Triple RD? Is there another new or NOS option I'm overlooking?